Archive for January 13th, 2021

January 13 Energy News

January 13, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “US Carbon Emissions Fell 10% In 2020, Because Of Covid-19. It’s Up To Biden To Stop Them From Bouncing Back” • US greenhouse gas emissions dropped a lot in 2020, helping the country meet one long-standing climate targets. But experts warn that unless climate action becomes a priority, emissions will bounce back quickly. [CNN]

Emissions (Martin Sepion, Unsplash)

¶ “Elon Musk Is Taking Tesla Beyond Other Automakers With Common Sense: Long-Term Thinking” • Elon Musk has worked tirelessly and methodically to reach goals he set a long time ago, a process that he knew would take years or decades. Tesla’s Master Plan is a three-part strategy to bring a mid-priced EV to the mass market. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Extreme Weather from the Stratosphere: Interview with ETH Climate Researcher Daniela Domeisen” • Daniela Domeisen has documented how the stratosphere influences extreme weather events. In an interview, she explains what the sheer range of these impacts implies for climate research and long-​term weather forecasts. [CleanTechnica]

Stratosphere (NASA image)

World:

¶ “Luxcara Forges Danish Deal For 415-MW Solar Push” • The German asset manager Luxcara and BeGreen have signed an investment agreement for four solar parks, with a total capacity of 415 MW, to be built in Denmark. The solar parks will become part of a portfolio of renewable energy assets that Luxcara will manage for institutional investors. [reNEWS]

¶ “Total And Engie To Develop Green Hydrogen In France” • Total and Engie have signed a cooperation agreement to design, develop, build, and operate the Masshylia project, the largest renewable hydrogen production site in France. The plant will produce 5 tonnes of green hydrogen per day, which is be used to produce biofuels. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Green hydrogen plant (Courtesy of Engie)

¶ “Eolus Picks Up 68 MW In Swedish PPAs” • Eolus signed three PPAs for energy from wind power projects with a total capacity of 68 MW. The agreement, with an unnamed global energy company, covers 100% of the electricity produced in three wind farms in southern Sweden, all of which are to be commissioned in the autumn of 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “Russian Wind Giant Starts Generating Power” • Russia’s largest wind farm, the 210-MW Kochubeyevskaya, has begun supplying the wholesale power market. In December 2020, Russia-based developer Rosatom commissioned the wind farm. The facility will supply the electricity it generates to the Wholesale Electricity and Power Market. [reNEWS]

Wind farm in Russia (Rosatom image)

¶ “Fossil Fuels To Continue Dominating Africa’s Energy Mix Through 2030” • A study from the University of Oxford, which was published in Nature Energy, predicts that African electricity generation will double by 2030, with fossil fuels continuing to dominate the energy mix. This poses a risk to global climate change commitments. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Storage Could ‘Halve British Wind Curtailment'” • Ramping up investment in energy storage could cut curtailed wind output in Great Britain by as much as 50%, according to energy analysts at the investment outfit LCP. LCP estimates an extra 20 GWh of battery storage could reduce the amount of wind power wasted by up to 50%. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (SSE image)

US:

¶ “Tesla Model Y Aces NHTSA Safety Tests – Tesla Produces The Safest Vehicles” • The Tesla Model Y, 2020 CleanTechnica Car of the Year, has aced the NHTSA’s safety tests, scoring 5 stars in every category – like the Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model X, and Tesla Model S before it. Now, the Model Y joins those three vehicles as the safest cars on the road. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Albemarle Expanding Nevada Site to Increase Domestic Production of Lithium” • Albemarle Corporation has announced plans to expand capacity at its lithium production facility in Silver Peak, Nevada. The company will also start a program that evaluates clays and other local resources for the commercial production of lithium. [CleanTechnica]

Albemarle lithium plant (Albemarle courtesy image)

¶ “Minnesota Power Pledges No Carbon By 2050, Zero Coal By 2035” • Minnesota Power, which plans to eliminate coal from its system by 2035, is now the second privately owned electric utility in the state to pledge 100% carbon-free energy by 2050 after Xcel Energy did in 2018. Minnesota Power is planning to increase its solar and wind resources. [MinnPost]

¶ “MARTA Orders Six Xcelsior CHARGE Electric Buses” • The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, lovingly known as MARTA in the Atlanta area, has made a purchase and a statement in favor of clean energy. MARTA ordered six Xcelsior CHARGE™ zero-emission, battery-electric 40-foot, heavy-duty transit buses from New Flyer. [CleanTechnica]

New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE™ electric bus

¶ “Nuclear And Coal Will Account for Majority of US Generating Capacity Retirements in 2021” • According to the DOE’s Energy Information Administration, 9.1 GW of generating capacity is scheduled to retire in 2021. Nuclear generating capacity will account for the largest share of total capacity retirements (56%), followed by coal (30%). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Georgia Power Extends Timeline For Upcoming Milestones At Plant Vogtle” • Setbacks due to Covid-19 along with “other productivity challenges” have slowed the pace of construction and testing on the two nuclear reactors being built at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia Power announced. [Atlanta Business Chronicle]

Have an altogether untroubled day.

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